When you want to enjoy some of America’s Old West sites and cultural attractions, you’ll find it all in Southwestern Wyoming. The southern part of the state is home to several theaters, museums, cultural centers, and natural attractions. This is also where you’ll find ski country so make a trip out to Snow King Mountain to enjoy some of the best skiing and snowboarding experiences of the region.
Old ranches are ripe for exploring and you can spend a few days visiting cultural heritage exhibits and sites to learn about local history. Many visitors head here for unique experiences such as the Teton Wagon Train and Horse Adventure or to catch the Off Square Theatre Company performances in the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. There’s never a shortage of things to do around here and there’s something for all ages.
Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park spans 310,000 acres. Visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation year-round. Choose from 230 hiking trails or enjoy fishing, swimming, biking, and boating in warmer months. Skiing and snowshoeing are popular in winter. Stop by the visitor center for information on ranger-led programs including hikes, wildlife viewing, snowshoe excursions, and bird watching. Take a scenic drive and marvel at views of lakes, the Teton Range, and the Snake River.
Fossil Butte National Monument is 13 miles west of Kemmerer and 15 miles east of Sage Junction. Spanning 8198 acres, the monument was established in 1972 to preserve fossils of organisms that once lived in Fossil Lake. Explore four miles of hiking trails or get an overview of the ridges, canyons, and creeks along the Scenic Drive. Stop by the Visitor Center to view exhibits on fossils and learn more about the paleoecosystem.
Located 10 miles from Pinedale, White Pine Ski Area is situated in the scenic Wind River Mountains. Established in 1940, the ski area currently offers 25 downhill ski runs, a snowboarding area, and miles of Nordic ski trails. The terrain park offers a chance to practice jumps and slides. Enjoy incredible views of the Continental Divide, forests, nearby mountain ranges and lakes from the thrilling chairlift ride to the top of Fortification Mountain.
Begin your road trip in Evanston, known for its outdoor recreation and access to Bear River State Park. Go hiking, photograph bison and elk, or just admire the scenery. Take I-80 to Fort Bridger Historic Site, once a supply stop on the Oregon Trail. Continue on to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Enjoy boating, fishing, windsurfing, or kayaking. Travel north to Snake River Canyon for an exciting whitewater rafting adventure.